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	Image: Details of Hearing from the series The lady and the unicorn c1500. Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris. Photo © RMN-GP / Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris / M Urtado.

Music in this stillness

Concerts inspired by 'The lady and the unicorn' tapestries

Each concert in this series includes music from the time of The lady and the unicorn tapestries – late medieval and early Renaissance music by Guillaume de Machaut and Guillaume Dufay – along with specially commissioned premieres by Australian composers Moya Henderson, Alice Chance, Bree van Reyk, Victoria Pham, Amanda Cole and Brooke Green.

Performers include: Bree van Reyk, organetto; Josie Ryan and Amy Moore, sopranos; Elizabeth Rumsey, viola d’arco; Brooke Green, vielle, treble viol; Fiona Ziegler, Catherine Upex and Alice Chance, viols.

The contemporary compositions incorporate the little-known medieval instrument, the organetto or portative organ which is depicted in the tapestry representing the sense of hearing. With only 20 keys, this tiny instrument produces an enchanting sound. Made in the 1980s by Ronald Sharp, builder of the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ, it has been generously loaned by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences for this project.

Curated by Jason Catlett, with performances led by Music Director Brooke Green, this project is made possible by an anonymous donation to the Art Gallery Foundation in memory of Steven Alward, a patron of both the visual arts and new music.

Image: Details of Hearing from the series The lady and the unicorn c1500. Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris. Photo © RMN-GP / Musée de Cluny – Musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris / M Urtado.

Wednesdays 7.30pm
11-25 April, 9 May 2018
2 May now 7.45pm at a new location

Free

Duration 1 hour

Related exhibition: The lady and the unicorn

Concert 1

Josie and the Emeralds
Josie Ryan, soprano
Brooke Green, vielle, treble viol (music director)
Elizabeth Rumsey, viola d’arco, tenor viol
Catherine Upex bass viol
with guest artists:
Bree van Reyk, organetto
Alice Chance, bass viol

How is the lady idealised in music from the time of the tapestries? This program includes a secular lady singing a chanson royale by Guillaume de Machaut, the lady as Virgin Mary by Guillaume Dufay and a rondea with an intriguingly close connection to the sixth tapestry: Mon seul et souverain desir by Gilles Binchois.

New works for organetto and Josie and the Emeralds by contemporary Australian composers:

Alice Chance: Ça va bien (world premiere)
Victoria Pham: A aurore (world premiere)
Moya Henderson: The hem of her dress (public premiere)
Brooke Green: Le miroir à la licorne (public premiere)

 

Wednesday 11 April 2018 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Entrance court

Concert 2

Amy and the Emeralds
Amy Moore, soprano
Brooke Green, vielle, treble viol, (Music Director)
Elizabeth Rumsey, viola d’arco, tenor viol
Catherine Upex, bass viol

How is the Lady idealised in music from the time of the tapestries? This program includes music by Guillaume de Machaut, Guillaume Dufay, Josquin Desprez and one of the most famous early Renaissance pavanes Belle qui tiens ma vie by the Catholic priest and dance theorist Thoinot Arbeau.

 

Wednesday 18 April 2018 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Entrance court

Concert 3

Amy and the Emeralds
Amy Moore, soprano
Brooke Green, vielle, treble viol, (Music Director)
Fiona Ziegler, tenor viol
Catherine Upex bass viol

How is the lady idealised in music from the time of the tapestries? This program includes music by Guillaume de Machaut, Guillaume Dufay, Josquin Desprez and one of the most famous early Renaissance pavanes Belle qui tiens ma vie by the Catholic priest and dance theorist Thoinot Arbeau.

 

Wednesday 25 April 2018 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Entrance court

Concert 4 at the InterContinental Sydney

Amy and the Emeralds
Amy Moore, soprano
Brooke Green, vielle, treble viol (music director)
Fiona Ziegler, tenor viol
Catherine Upex, bass viol

How is the lady idealised in music from the time of the tapestries? This program includes music by Guillaume de Machaut, Guillaume Dufay, Josquin Desprez and one of the most famous early Renaissance pavanes Belle qui tiens ma vie by the Catholic priest and dance theorist Thoinot Arbeau.

Note:

Due to the hosting of an international diplomatic event, the Art Gallery of NSW will close early on Wednesday 2 May 2018. More information

This concert will now be held at 7.45pm, rather than 7.30pm, at the InterContinental Sydney, 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney.

 

Wednesday 2 May 2018 7:45pm – 8:45pm

Concert 5

Josie and the Emeralds
Josie Ryan, soprano
Brooke Green, vielle, treble viol (music director)
Catherine Upex, tenor/bass viol
with guest artist Bree van Reyk, organetto

How is the lady idealised in music from the time of the tapestries? This program includes a secular lady singing a chanson royale by Guillaume de Machaut, the lady as Virgin Mary by Guillaume Dufay and a rondea with an intriguingly close connection to the sixth tapestry: Mon seul et souverain desir by Gilles Binchois.

New works for organetto and Josie and the Emeralds by contemporary Australian composers:

Moya Henderson: O dieses ist das Tier das es nicht gibt (world premiere)
Bree van Reyk: New work (world premiere)
Amanda Cole: New work for organetto and electronics (porld premiere)
Lyle Chan: Wandteppiche for organetto and speaker (public premiere)

Moya Henderson: The hem of her dress
Alice Chance: Ça va bien
Brooke Green: Le miroir à la licorne

 

Wednesday 9 May 2018 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Entrance court